STEPHEN PARKER: Architect and planner, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST HEALTHCARE DESIGN PROJECT?
During a healthcare internship at AECOM as a graduate student, I worked on the Stony Brook University Medical Center's new Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building and new bed tower on Long Island, N.Y., in conjunction with Pelli Clarke Pelli.
WHAT LESSON DID YOU LEARN ON THAT PROJECT THAT YOU STILL CARRY WITH YOU TODAY?
The Facility Guidelines Institute's Guidelines for Design and Construction document is the planner's bible.
QUOTE "These aren't the droids you're looking for." Obi Wan Kenobi, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope."
* CITY TO VISIT
Dublin, a city with a balanced ensemble of historic fabric and progressive design.
MOVIE CHARACTER Han Solo. My wife, Carrie, and I have matching shirts that say "\ love you" and "I know" ... because we're nerds.
WEEKEND ACTIVITY Ideally, traveling. Truthfully, napping.
BAND/MUSICAL ARTIST Band, probably Phoenix. Music in general, electro swing.
GUILTY PLEASURE Fresh focaccia. It reminds me of my studies in Genoa, Italy.
HOBBY DIY. Carrie and I just finished crafting a set of benches, side tables, and a coffee table (with hidden roll of trace underneath) from recycled butcher block. We're fashioning a desk out of a salvaged I-beam next.
APP/WEBSITE Noun Project, a website that aggregates and catalogs symbols that ore created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world.
SPORT Is watching "The Grand Tour" considered a sport?
TEAM Clemson, of course.
THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, YOU'LL LIKELY FIND ME....
As a serial networker and leadership junkie, probably at an AIA Strategic Council meeting or running one of our pro bono community design projects. (Shown is on image of me at the DC Building Industry Association Community Improvement Day.)
THREE ITEMS ON YOUR DESK
1 Death Star with an orbiting Millennium Falcon that I designed for a 3-D print competition
2 a set of magnetic wood blocks gifted by my last AIA committee chair
3 my first architect's scale (it's originally from Germany, where my grandfather was stationed when my mother was a child)
DOG OR CAT?
Dog, preferably something big and loveable.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Sweet tea with mint.
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FICTION OR NONFICTION?
Sci-fi with a side of alternative history. My favorite alternative history book series is "1632 (Ring of Fire)."
WINDOW OR AISLE SEAT?
Window, just to watch the National Moll while flying in. It never gets old. (Personal sketch shown)
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|Date:||Nov 1, 2018|
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